Official Xbox Magazine UK's Scores

  • Games
For 1,561 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 43% higher than the average critic
  • 6% same as the average critic
  • 51% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 6.9 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 66
Highest review score: 100 Mass Effect 2
Lowest review score: 10 Nickelodeon Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Score distribution:
1,561 game reviews
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    FIFA 07 is fantastic. The reworked gameplay feels so right and its Xbox Live support is amazing. [Nov 2006, p.66]
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A faithful upgrade of a handheld classic.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's hugely addictive, enormously satisfying and will only set you back 800 points. What are you waiting for? [May 2009, p.96]
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    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's Virtua Fighter 5, only tarted up. [Sept 2012, p.105]
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    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A clear improvement on its already-excellent predecessor and is now absolutely the dance game that Kinect deserves. Those who can't stomach the more narrow selection of musical genres will be upset, but this is still the slickest, sexiest dance game around.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    When all is said and done, this is the 'proper' Call of Duty fans have been waiting for. [Issue#67, p.84]
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The beauty of Guitar Hero II is it's just as playable and addictive in single-player, with a career mode taking you and your band out of the sticks and onto the road of rock stardom. [Apr 2007, p.80]
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Unnecessary multiplayer aside, Dead Space 2 is a corker. It's an unpredictable powder-keg of [a] game; even when you get mulched by the Necromorphs it's great to see just how many chunks your corpse has been blown into. [Feb 2011, p.88]
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Even if you're confined to single player, Spelunky is yet another small but perfectly formed nugget of joy to be unearthed on the Games Marketplace. Like Fez, Joe Danger and Super Meat Boy before it, the charm simply oozes out of the screen and leaves a saccharine sticky patch at the base of your TV. That initial infuriation crystallises into solid determination and 1200MP buys you an endless supply of levels against which to test your wits and skills.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    COD4 is cutting-edge entertainment, but the downside to this dense and gripping delivery is that it's over far too quickly: five to six hours on Normal difficulty...COD4 is short but immensely satisfying and we can't wait for a post-modern revival. [Dec 2007, p.73]
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Unique stealth-horror thriller that combines great pacing and smart design with razor-sharp AI that's unpredictable in all the right ways. It's an arduous undertaking, but it begs to be experienced.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Gears of War is absolutely rammed with excitement, innovation and atmosphere. This is a next-generation game in every respect, trampling convention and really rewriting the shooter genre with flourish and pace.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Kinect aside, it's genuinely smashing.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    IL-2 feels like two separate games: one a solid, fun arcade flyer, the other a testing simulation of true aerial combat circa Hitler-times. It's inevitable then, that if you're at all interested in planes, or just want to embarrass yourself at a different altitude, IL-2 can hardly come more recommended.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The ending lets it down. The most intriguing story arc ends midway through, leaving a grander but less interesting twist to play out in an endgame that ties off the story in a clumsy and unsatisfying fashion. It's an ignoble end to a game that works so hard to keep you involved, but it doesn't stop the journey being a fascinating one, and something that manages to feel like an entirely fresh experience.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Champion Mode's story makes you care more about the fights. [Apr 2011, p.102]
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    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The passion that BG&E inspires makes it too easy to gloss over the flaws - it'll take you a while to get used to the hyper-sensitive camera, the acting is choppy, and Jade's fighting style is uninspired. But this is a game in which killing comes second to the story, puzzles, the world, and the characters - it's 10-15 hours of genuinely compelling pleasure.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Mixing tense action sequences and clever character development with thoughtful scripting and meaningful dialogue, Cry Wolf is a spectacular end to an excellent series.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This is the most polished and satisfying platformer on Xbox 360. It's another masterpiece from Montpellier.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    GRAW is brimming with atmosphere, has brilliant, open levels and challenging AI that will put your shooting skills to the test. [April 2006, p.74]
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The best sports game on Xbox Live Arcade. [Feb 2008, p.103]
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    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Battlefield 4 combines a middling campaign with some of the finest larger-scale online warmongering ever conceived. As a package it constitutes extraordinary value. Levolution aside, it hasn't reinvented any shooter tropes, but it has refined and improved them to impressive degree.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The best fitness title on the Xbox 360.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    For a game that's sometimes frighteningly unfair, it's shocking just how compelling Dark Souls is. While the first game was merely ruthless, its successor feels like full-on psychological warfare - we've played difficult games before, but this is the first we've seen that actively seems to be conspiring against you.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    There's no downside, save an easily-forgiven sense of familiarity and the absence of online co-op. You can't even resort to the usual retro-gaming caveat of high difficulty - the learning curve is perfectly judged, the checkpoints agreeably spaced. This is the year's best platformer without the faintest shadow of a doubt.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Trine 2 is a vivid and stunning game that spins the colour wheel on nature. It's completely absorbing as a single-player experience and bawdy puzzle fun with company. Just remember to turn on the unlimited mode and get stuck in.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The main reason you'll keep returning to DJ Hero 2 is for a love of the music. Simply playing along with any of the tunes in the game is a thoroughly entertaining experience - particularly when you get the chance to commandeer the crossfader or perform some freestyle scratching and sampling.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Forza Motorsport 4 is a racing game that tries to be all things to all people, and you know what? It actually pulls it off.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Perfectly priced, and long enough to leave you satisfied but with room for dessert, this is a fantastic family-friendly puzzler that deserves a place on every Xbox One.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The best puzzler on Xbox Live Arcade. [Jan 2008, p.98]
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